Thumnail & Icon specs

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Thu Jul 31 12:19:11 EEST 2003

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On Thursday 31 July 2003 02:09, Malcolm Tredinnick wrote:
> On Thu, 2003-07-31 at 01:55, Craig Drummond wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I’m new to this list, so I apologise if I’m already bringing up a known
> > issue - I've looked at the archives for a few months back, and can't find
> > anything...
> >
> > Whilst reading the specs at, I came across the
> > Thumbnail and Icon specs. These specify that thumbnails should be stored
> > in $HOME/.thumbnails and icons in $HOME/.icons. Would it not be better to
> > store these in $XDG_DATA_HOME/thumbnails and $XDG_DATA_HOME/icons
> > respectively? Littering $HOME with lots of hidden folders is very
> > annoying, and in this instance seems quite pointless.
> >
> > Another culprit is fontconfig - where the default user fonts dir is
> > $HOME/.fonts. Again, would it not be better if this was changed to use
> > $XDG_DATA_HOME/fonts?
> One reason is that the user cannot necessarily write to $XDG_DATA_HOME,
> whereas they can obviously write to $HOME. 

$XDG_DATA_HOME is supposed to be writable by the user just as much as $HOME is 
supposed to be writable.

I'm not sure about the thumbnails, but I think that using $XDG_DATA_HOME/icons 
and $XDG_DATA_DIRS/icons for the icons would be appropriate, same for fonts.

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